During the late 9th, Hastings became one of the fortified regions (burhs) created by King Alfred around 878 as a defence against the potential of Viking invasions. This increased the prosperity of the town and the town soon became established as a trading, manufacturing and transportation hub. The geography of the town assisted in this, with the various river estuaries forming large natural harbours. By 930, the town was recorded as establishing a Mint.
- The Hastings Chronicle: Origins of Hastings – The Hastings Chronicle, accessdate: 22 November 2019